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  1. 18 Dec '11 21:40 / 1 edit
    Pictures of chess pieces made of snow.

    12 Reasons why I don't want a Kindle.

    Loads of RHP games,
    a Christmas Tale, (including a Christmas Quiz)
    A Robin,
    Danforce's Open Trap.

    Blog 4
  2. 18 Dec '11 22:47
    My Dad's present this year is a kindle... uh oh
  3. 19 Dec '11 00:58
    this is a cry for help. deep down you know you want a kindle. think of all those chess books at your fingertips.
  4. 19 Dec '11 01:01
    I have a kindle. I love it.

    Q
  5. 19 Dec '11 01:15
    I cannot be bothered with these new fangled devices.
    I'd never use it. It's for posers.

    And don't get me started on mobile phones.

    20 Years ago we were not that important that we had to let everyone know
    where we were and what we were doing.
    All you see nowadays is people texting each other in pubs, on buses and in the street.
    Nothing but a bunch of fannies.

    You get a mobile out whilst I'm talking to to you in a pub and I'll grab it out of
    your hand and dunk it in your pint.
    And I do. Everyone knows I do. It's the height of ignorance.
    If it's that important just go home.
  6. 19 Dec '11 01:20
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I cannot be bothered with these new fangled devices.
    I'd never use it. It's for posers.

    And don't get me started on mobile phones.

    20 Years ago we were not that important that we had to let everyone know
    where we were and what we were doing.
    All you see nowadays is people texting each other in pubs, on buses and in the street.
    Nothing but a b ...[text shortened]... ne knows I do. It's the height of ignorance.
    If it's that important just go home.
    I have never agreed with another statement more fully than this one.

    Quits.
  7. 19 Dec '11 22:14
    Thanks again GP 34, and Merry Christmas.
  8. 19 Dec '11 22:24
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I cannot be bothered with these new fangled devices.
    I'd never use it. It's for posers.

    And don't get me started on mobile phones.

    20 Years ago we were not that important that we had to let everyone know
    where we were and what we were doing.
    All you see nowadays is people texting each other in pubs, on buses and in the street.
    Nothing but a b ...[text shortened]... ne knows I do. It's the height of ignorance.
    If it's that important just go home.
    I live in a 33 ft. 5th wheel (RV) and having hundreds of books laying about is an unacceptable hobby. It saves several hundred pounds in weight in my home and many score of cubit feet of storage.

    If you dunk my kindle then I'll bop your nose. Then we'll both owe each other a beer - and I'll go get a newer kindle.

    Cheers.

    Q
  9. 20 Dec '11 01:33
    I've not dunked a kindle, who goes into a pub and reads a book?

    But Bells is a no mobile area. Get one out and the staff will tell you
    go outside and join the smokers.

    These things fry your brain.
  10. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    20 Dec '11 02:53
    I have to take issue, or rather suggest a conditional qualification, to the following:

    "7. Giving your cat a friendly whack over the head with a Kindle may infact kill it."

    I am pretty certain that if you gave your cat a friendly whack over the head with anything written by Mark Dvoretsky, not only would your cat be dead, you'd need a spatula to remove it.

    It would make a nice fur scatter rug, though.
  11. 20 Dec '11 11:34 / 1 edit
    When I lay prone infront of the fire with my board looking at games.
    (one my favourite studying positions.) My cat often comes across and
    starts attacking the pieces.

    I leave her at it for a few minutes to see if she creates an interesting
    position and then give her a gentle scud across the bonce with the book
    or up rolled sheets of printed out games.

    I don't have a Dvoretsky book. They look hideous and reading one is
    far too much like hard work.
  12. 20 Dec '11 13:21
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I cannot be bothered with these new fangled devices.
    I'd never use it. It's for posers.

    And don't get me started on mobile phones.

    20 Years ago we were not that important that we had to let everyone know
    where we were and what we were doing.
    All you see nowadays is people texting each other in pubs, on buses and in the street.
    Nothing but a b ...[text shortened]... ne knows I do. It's the height of ignorance.
    If it's that important just go home.
    Bravo!

    Richard
  13. 20 Dec '11 14:04
    "The game continued 8.Qc1 c5 with the note from Andrew Martin.

    “Please do not allow 9.Bb5+.”


    Err....


    I think I would be quite happy to allow Bb5+ if my opponent had played Qc1?

    Or is this the Greenpawn Gambit?

    In my defence, I am, of course, an accountant, the profession whose trade is "No nit too small to pick".

    And my wife has bought me a kindle for Christmas.

    I am beyond the pale.
  14. 20 Dec '11 14:13
    its a typo i think its meant to be Qb1
  15. 20 Dec '11 14:27
    Originally posted by st40
    its a typo i think its meant to be Qb1
    As you say, but only a kindle carrying accountant would have been soulless enough to point it out.

    I am also reading A Christmas Carol on my Iphone at the moment (can it get any worse?) and, to be honest, I am sort of rooting for this Scrooge fella.

    Anything that interrupts my sleep three times at 1am on a Christmas morning, and isn't my 5 year old, has no business lecturing anyone on morality.